2.0 Instagram Storytelling: I Show, Therefore I Am

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dc.contributor.advisor Newbold, David John it_IT
dc.contributor.author Bourse, Amandine <1995> it_IT
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-11 it_IT
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-21T07:10:34Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05-10 it_IT
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10579/18594
dc.description.abstract Scottish philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre has famously observed that man is “essentially a story-telling animal”. There are multiple ways and platforms that people can adopt to tell their stories. However, there is a recent and particular enthusiasm in the use of Instagram, by so-called “influencers” to specifically advertise their lifestyles… and themselves, so to speak. This master’s thesis thus focuses on the use of non-fictional, autobiographical and visual narratives – i.e. first-person depictions of life experiences through Instagram posts – and their relationship to (online) identity. It addresses the questions of how meaning is made on a visual-based social media like Instagram and how identity and “storyshowing” are intrinsically connected. For this purpose, we will examine the narratives of five European Instagram lifestyle influencers, who use English as a lingua franca to communicate with their followers: the Dutch Rianne Meijer, the Italian Chiara Ferragni, the Swedish Janni Olsson Delér, the Austrian Virginia Rox and the French Jeanne Damas. In the first chapter, we will briefly explore the evolution of storytelling over the last decade and the recent phenomenon of Instagram influencers. We will then investigate the special place of identity within Instagram storytelling. Additionally, we will take a closer look at how our ‘influencers of interest’ give meaning to their stories and what is the source of their popularity. Finally, we will review some of Instagram key topics trough a qualitative and visual analysis of the five aforementioned influencers’ posts on the social media platform. As a conclusion, we will note that Instagram influencers give and make sense of their stories and online identity by mimicking or absorbing (whether on a conscious level or not) the narratives of their peers, thus creating a globalized identity that allows them to remain part of the worldwide Instagram community. it_IT
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dc.publisher Università Ca' Foscari Venezia it_IT
dc.rights © Amandine Bourse, 2021 it_IT
dc.title 2.0 Instagram Storytelling: I Show, Therefore I Am it_IT
dc.title.alternative MA thesis - 2.0 Instagram storytelling - Amandine Bourse it_IT
dc.type Master's Degree Thesis it_IT
dc.degree.name Lingue e letterature europee, americane e postcoloniali it_IT
dc.degree.level Laurea magistrale it_IT
dc.degree.grantor Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati it_IT
dc.description.academicyear 2019-2020, sessione straordinaria LM it_IT
dc.rights.accessrights closedAccess it_IT
dc.thesis.matricno 868973 it_IT
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dc.subject.language INGLESE it_IT
dc.date.embargoend 10000-01-01
dc.provenance.upload Amandine Bourse (868973@stud.unive.it), 2021-04-11 it_IT
dc.provenance.plagiarycheck David John Newbold (newbold@unive.it), 2021-04-26 it_IT

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